The "Got Your Six" (GY6) campaign is a show of force from the American pubic to ensure that we welcome home our returning veterans - an additional one million in the next five years - as leaders and civic assets who can be key contributing members to our communities. There are six pillars to the GY6 campaign: Jobs, Education, Health, Housing, Family, and Leadership.
The Sierra Club is proud to be a strategic partner to help assist the activation partners on five of the six pillars. We will work with our partners to help identify employment opportunities in the great outdoors and clean energy fields for veterans; support continued environmental education; improve social and mental health, as well as the reintegration of families through expanding outside recreation opportunities; and ultimately through transitioning military leadership skills to the outdoors to get all of America outside.
The Sierra Club has a long history with the military, highlighted by WW2 and 10th Mountain Veteran David Brower who as a Sierra Club member helped to train the 10th Mountain, and as a decorated Veteran (won the Bronze Star) of the 10th Mountain went on to become the Sierra Club’s first executive director. We reinitiated our partnership with the military with the creation of the Military Family Outdoors program in 2006, now a part of Mission Outdoors.
We have strong qualitative evidence that time in the outdoors helps to strengthen families and mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress. We help veterans utilitize their skills through leadership in the outdoors and through community service. Community service opportunities for veterans abound in the Sierra Club through programs like the Water Sentinels, Inner City Outings, Local Outings, and more.
Supporting military families and veterans is not a partisan issue. We can all do our part and at the Sierra Club we are proud of the work we have done and will continue to do to ensure our military and veteran communities and families can all get outside to experience the freedom of the land they defended.
Learn more about "Got Your Six" at their website.